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October 15, 1938

Psychiatric Nursing

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1498. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420078038

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The book is divided into major chapters concerned with the history of psychiatry, the anatomy of the nervous system, an extensive chapter on considerations of neuroses and psychoses, the chapters dealing more specifically with nursing of various cases. Although the chapters on the neuroses are extensive, the classification of them is quite confusing and the various types overlap one another a great deal. The mechanisms are discussed from a rather simple psychobiologic point of view with a good deal of common sense. The psychoses are discussed along the orthodox lines. The presentation of the material is quite simple and undoubtedly can be easily absorbed by the average nurse. The last chapters of the monograph are very satisfactory. In the special problems of psychiatric nursing the author covers extensively the various emergencies and problems which come to the attention in treatment of psychiatric cases. There is a valuable chapter on therapy

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